The EGQ LibraryThe Lesley Beckmann Library, named after the late Lesley Beckmann in honour of Lesley’s dedication to the library over many years, is an extensive collection of over 2,000 books and magazines on all facets of embroidery, textiles and patchwork. This Collection provides members with a wonderful resource for research and interest.

Accessing the Collection

Library books can be accessed via the computer catalogue and the printed folders (authors, titles and subjects) in the library.

Books added to the Collection since June 2011 are listed on the Librarything website. Here is how to locate these books and find out more about them:

  1. Go to <>.
  2. Click on List for a list of all books. Click on each title for more information about the book.
  3. Click on Covers for a page of book covers. Click on a cover for more information about the book.

The Call number/Dewey number and AN (i.e. Accession Number) are listed in the Tags field.

Borrowing guidelines

Only financial members of the Guild can borrow library resources.

Members of the public and students with an interest in embroidery are welcome to access resources, but only in the Guild Library.  To pre-arrange this access,   Click here to contact the Guild.

Guild members may borrow 3 books and 3 magazines for 4 weeks.

Country members are invited to write to the Guild, phone its rooms or send an email message to request the loan of library resources. Click here to contact the Guild.




The library’s magazine collection includes the following titles:
• Anna
• Antique Samplers and Needlework
• Australian Embroidery and Cross Stitch
• Embroidery, Embroiderers’ Guild UK*
• Inspirations*
• Jill Oxton’s Cross Stitch & Beading
• Needlepoint Now*
• Pieceworks*
• Rakam, Italian
• Stitch, Embroiderers’ Guild UK*
• Textile Fibre Forum*
• Threads, Association of NZ Embroiderers’ Guilds Inc.*

*indicates current subscription

Library volunteers

A small group of volunteers helps to develop the Collection and keep the library in order. New resources are added to the Collection each year through purchase and through generous donations from members, friends of the Guild and publishers of books on embroidery and related fields.